Visits to war graves, Sandakan North Borneo and Bougainville

Accession Number F03416
Collection type Film
Measurement 55 min
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/b&w and colour/silent
Maker Robertson, Graham Douglas
Place made Borneo: North Borneo, Sandakan, Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Date made 1945-1947
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1940-1949
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The 31st Australian War Graves Unit's work in British North Borneo and Bougainville, 1945-1947.
Footage includes shots of: the township of Sandakan; local people; the waterfront; local craftwork; Australian soccer team plays against local team; local trademen; Sandakan Police Station; street signage; Bill Macfarlane and Col Simpson of ABC/Reuters; the POW camp; POW hats and gear; villages; the War Graves' staff accomodation; team mate Peter Beaumont, responsible for signwriting the commemorative wooden crosses; locals climbing trees and obtaining coconut milk; Sandakan Harbour; leper settlement; Javanese house workers; traditional muscians and dancers; a trip up the Labuk River; Dawang; villagers pounding rice; Dusan; Sopi, Lieutenant Sticpewich leading the Graves' party, searching for remains of Australian POWs; drinking Tapi (tapioca wine); being dragged upstream in the canoe (the river being too shallow for paddling); butchering a wild deer and preserving the meat; trading barges; Dyaks; "native helpers" assisting to search the grass and scrub for POW remains; conversing with locals in Malay where possible; wearing clothes made of pulverised bark; Chinese and local labourers; Javanese cooking; cemetary on the POW-built airstrip (?) laying out crosses, most of which are for unknown POW's; ANZAC Day Service, 1947; 2nd O.C. Captain Burnett walking through the surf at Sandakan; farewelling Javanese helpers and friends; ship SS Marudu; leaving Sandakan Harbour and ship board scenes; shots of Singapore and the European Club there; Raffles Hotel and journey to Perth; Polish soldiers on way to Tasmania; home to Melbourne; family scenes in Melbourne; depature for Port Moresby; Indian cemetary there and war cemetary at Lae; Lae Harbour, sunken ship; Markham River; arrival by RAAF plane to Port Moresby and various locales such as the RSL club and hotel; marching police band; local boys and girls; Rouna Falls; Memorial to Australian war dead; Catalina and its launch; aerial views of PNG and arriving at Lae; garens; cemetary; a trip to Wau by truck; road works; Bulolo River; steel bridge blown by Australians during the war; arrival in Wau; Eadie Creek gold mine; school teacher at Wau; Wau runway and depature. Notes from donor shot list.

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